DOVER, Del. - On Wednesday morning it was announced that Wesley College football senior Joe Callahan was named NCAA Division III Player of the Year by the Brooks-Irvine Memorial Football Club, based out of South New Jersey.
Callahan was selected for the honor out of several great student-athletes from the South Jersey area. The Absecon, N.J. native has thrown for a Division III-leading 4,215 yards this season, 47 touchdowns, and has led the Wolverines to their 11th consecutive NCAA Tournament berth. He leads the nation in several passing and scoring categories including total offense per game (411.7) and points responsible for (29.1).
The Wesley College quarterback will be honored at the Brooks-Irvine Football Club Year-end Banquet on December 14 at the Crown Plaza Hotel in Cherry Hill, N.J.
Organized on November 28, 1945, the Phillips R. Brooks Memorial Football Club was formed to perpetuate the memory of the late Phillips R. Brooks (4/1/1895 - 1/12/1945), Camden High School Athletic Director. On the passing of Howard T. Irvine (7/29/1897-11/25/1948), Collingswood High School Athletic Director, it was unanimously voted to change the name of the organization to the Brooks-Irvine Memorial Football Club of South Jersey. This was done in recognition of the fact that both men exhibited positive character traits and instilled those traits in the youth of South Jersey with whom they were associated.
Callahan has led the Wolverines to a 10-1 record this season, including their most recent victory over Framingham State to advance to the Second Round of the NCAA Tournament. The Wolverines will travel to Baltimore to take on Johns Hopkins University on Saturday, November 28 at 12:00 p.m.